I like cooking gadgets, too much sometimes. Since I use them for work it gives me the perfect excuse to have a lot of them. Lately though I have often thought about how much I can do without,  yet still have enough to get the job done. A few great knives are essential, as are the basic pots and pans and measuring tools. Beyond the basics though what do you truly need?

Here are a few of my favorite bits and pieces I don’t want to do without –

My Mother’s Potato Masher

Grammy Caldwell’s Glass Beater

Antique Nutmeg Grinder

Cork “Handles”

Joyce Chen Scissors

Chimney Fire Starter

Parchment Paper

Stirring Stick & Spoons

Jar Opener

Flexible Spatula


Teeny Tiny Tasting Spoons

Aloe Vera

Reading Glasses

Toaster Oven

Paring Knives


Wire Cooling Racks